“Do you follow your mind, or do you follow your heart?” I’ve faced many situations that called for an answer to this question.
There have been times when I followed my mind, and made wrong decisions. And other times when I followed my heart, and made wrong decisions as well.
After many years of trials and errors, I’ve come to believe that I have to follow both. My mind and my heart need to sing in unison. And when they do, I can be quite sure that I’m making the best decision.
I know this by tapping into my inner guidance – the inner compass that helps me navigate the complexity of a situation, and to see things with clarity.
We all have an amazing inner navigation system that is equipped with our instinct, intuition, memories, experiences, and knowledge. It integrates our left-brain and right-brain thinking, and helps us make the best possible decision at any given moment.
When we tap into this innate power each of us has, we move through our day, our week and our life, with ease, clarity and grace.
From my experience, I find the following ways help me to tap into my inner guidance.
1. Simply our life.
Our inner guidance is like a radiant light at the center of a garden. If we keep our garden clean and organized, we can easily find our center and see the light.
2. Open up space.
By the same token, we need to clear out the clutter, remove the weeds, and create a space for our inner guidance to communicate with us. This space can be a quiet walk in nature, dancing, doing creative activities, or meditating.
3. Quiet our mind.
I find that my inner guidance has a soft voice. It never shouts at me. It whispers. I have to quiet my mind to hear its message.
4. Be patient.
I often hear different voices at first, some from my mind and some from my heart. Eventually they will come to an agreement and speak in unison. All I need to do is to resist my impulse to act, and wait for it to happen.
Sometimes I even wait for a few days afterwards, just to see if their voices diverge again. If they don’t, I know it’s the best possible decision given the situation. And I can move forward with unwavering clarity.
5. Trust it.
There have been times when I second-guessed and discounted the inner guidance I received. And later on events conspired and I learned that I shouldn’t have.
It takes a while to get familiar with our own inner guidance system – the language it speaks, how it speaks, when it speaks, and what message it carries. Like everything else, practice is the mother of skills.
And I believe the skill of communicating with our inner guidance, among all others, is the most important skill we need to learn. If we do, we’ll be rewarded with confidence, clarity, and the ability to handle anything life throws our way.
Are you in touch with your inner guidance? How does it speak to you?